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T2 Trainspotting (2017)

R | | Drama | 31 March 2017 (USA)
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After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.

Director:

Danny Boyle

Writers:

John Hodge, Irvine Welsh (based on the books Porno and Trainspotting by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Renton
Logan Gillies Logan Gillies ... Simon (aged 9)
Ben Skelton Ben Skelton ... Renton (aged 9)
Aiden Haggarty Aiden Haggarty ... Spud (aged 9)
Daniel Smith Daniel Smith ... Begbie (aged 9)
Elijah Wolf ... Tommy (aged 9)
Robert Carlyle ... Begbie / Begbie's Father
Steven Robertson ... Stoddart
Ewen Bremner ... Spud
John Kazek John Kazek ... Tom (Rehab Group)
Shirley Henderson ... Gail
Charlie Hardie Charlie Hardie ... Fergus (aged 9)
Scott Aitken Scott Aitken ... Farmer
Gordon Kennedy ... Tulloch
Jonny Lee Miller ... Simon
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Storyline

First there was an opportunity......then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Taglines:

Face your past. Choose your future.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language throughout, strong sexual content, graphic nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Bulgarian | Scots

Release Date:

31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Porno See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$170,575, 19 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,402,004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,091,497
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scene, a suite version of Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day' can be heard. This song was heard in the original film during Renton's overdosing scene. See more »

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When Renton and Sick Boy are performing on stage at the Protestant pub, the camera attached to Renton's microphone is briefly visible. See more »

Quotes

Spud: First, there's an opportunity. Then... there's a betrayal.
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The initial final credits appear over modified scenes of tower blocks and other buildings being demolished. Once the cast credits appear, the background changes to amorphous, swirling, mainly black/ white/ grey shapes. See more »

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Referenced in The One Show: Episode dated 2 August 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Only God Knows
Performed by Young Fathers feat. Leith Congregational Choir
Written by Kayus Bankole, Graham Hastings and Alloysious Massaquoi
Additional vocals: J. Cuff & P. Cuff
Produced by Graham Hastings and Dave Sitek
Courtesy of Big Dada
Published by Just Isn't Music
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Choose remakes. Choose re-imaginings. Choose sequels. Choose reboots. Choose life in 2017.
24 February 2017 | by christonr-64261See all my reviews

Following in the recent trend of dated sequels, reboots and kick-starts (literally and figuratively) here Danny Boyle's 90s cult classic gets a final shot in the arm; loosely hanging its narrative and character development around Irving Welsh's literary sequel 'Porno' and trying to circumnavigate a world two decades older – and wearier – than its predecessor (despite the book only giving way to nine).

All of the familiar faces are back – and those who aren't are at least in some way alluded to or given a not-so-subtle nod – but now generally referred to by their given names: Mark (Renton), Simon (Sick-Boy), Danny (Spud) and Frank (Begbie). And generally speaking, T2 is very much a nostalgia piece, revisiting all of the iconic imagery, scenery and/or moments which made the first movie so overtly unique, refreshing and unforgettable: from the worst toilet in Scotland, to parallel chase sequence moments, to snarky comments about the danger of underage girls; this follow-up seems almost determined to create an abstract sense of reflection. We as an audience are offered the chance to relive and reminisce on past glories in much the same way as the characters on-screen are. The misanthropic tone is a far cry from the jubilant anger of the first incarnation however and McGregor's lengthy 'Choose Life' explanatory diatribe (citing more modern pitfalls of Facebook, Twitter and "Slut Shaming") is the only real moment in which any character fully engages and communicates a sense of circumstantial disillusionment. On a positive note, the character development of Spud – who emerges as the primary, sympathetic protagonist – is excellent; despite what feels like a somewhat-forced, Hollywood-friendly, conclusive arc for Ewen Bremner's dim-witted addict. Overall, it's a serviceable enough cap tip to the original, but truthfully lacks the bark or bite to have the modern day resonance it craves (and the original so easily garnered).


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